Best Brunch And Breakfast Spots In Mid-Market, San Francisco

Rocco’s Café © Tony/Flickr
Rocco’s Café © Tony/Flickr
Photo of Courtney Holcomb
27 October 2017

Escape the busy streets of Downtown San Francisco by taking respite in one of these Mid-Market eateries for a delicious brunch experience. From classic American and Southern fare to various European culinary inspirations, you will be certain to find the perfect spot for a mid-morning meal among these choices.

Café Venue

Cafe, American
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Café Venue is a classic breakfast spot with a modern San Francisco twist. Enjoy traditional brunch choices such as sandwiches, breakfast plates and salads, made with the freshest ingredients possible from local, sustainable businesses. The business itself aims to support the local community and offers competitive wages and benefits to its employees.

Brenda’s French Soul Food

Restaurant, French, $$$
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PHOTO 1 Brenda’s French Soul Food beignets
PHOTO 1 Brenda’s French Soul Food beignets | © Kimberly Vardeman/Flickr
Brenda’s French Soul Food combines Creole and French roots to bring you authentic European soul food. This spot is perfect for breakfast or brunch and has been acclaimed for its incredible fried chicken and waffles. This place carries a certain southern charm, which you can embrace by ordering one of the restaurant’s famous beignets. These delicious treats come in options of plain, chocolate-filled, stuffed with spicy crawfish or bursting with cinnamon apples.

SF Bistro

Bistro, Cafe, Restaurant, American
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SF Bistro has all your classic breakfast needs covered. Try a breakfast sandwich, breakfast burrito, or a cast-iron frittata to satisfy your egg cravings. Alternately, opt for something like oatmeal, a yogurt parfait, fruit salad, or a smoked-salmon bagel. Be sure to grab a coffee or a tea with your meal, made with Stumptown coffee and Mighty Leaf tea. If it’s lunch you’re after, try a salad or a soup, and be sure to grab a homemade pastry for dessert on your way out.

Corridor Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Bar, American, $$$
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Corridor Café offers a wide selection of both breakfast and lunch items, including pastries, breakfast plates, salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps and sweets. The coffee on offer is LAMILL brand, ensuring high quality drinks, and the pastries are Firebrand. Whether you’re looking for a full, satisfying meal, a caffeine buzz, or just a quick treat to cheer you up, Corridor Café will have you covered.

Elmira Rosticceria

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Elmira Rosticceria is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that embodies an old-world European atmosphere that compliments the hustle and bustle of the hectic downtown environment that surrounds it. This spot is easy to overlook as you walk down McAllister Street, but the food is of incredible quality and authenticity. The menu offers a variety of breakfast and brunch options, including roast meats, salads, sandwiches, pastas, house-made pastries, soups, specials, beer and coffee.

Rocco’s Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Rocco’s Café
Rocco’s Café | © Tony/Flickr
Rocco’s Café is another Italian spot, but one that has been thriving in San Francisco for 26 years. The café is located on the famous Folsom Street, where it remains the oldest operating restaurant in the area. Check out the restaurant’s breakfast menu, which offers a variety of omelettes, frittatas and other egg dishes, as well as specialties, pancakes, french toast and lighter meal options.

Rusty’s Southern

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Rusty’s Southern is located on Ellis Street and offers classic Southern dishes accompanied by craft beer and wine. The restaurant places a strong emphasis on engaging with the community, with the belief that Southern culture embodies this communal spirit in addition to its culinary traditions. The brunch menu offers traditional dishes like biscuits and gravy, griddle cakes, pig grits, fried chicken, barbecue sandwiches and much more.

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